I’ve spent the past week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with a class of fifteen students exploring the sculptural possibilities of the artist’s book. Over the course of the first two days, I demonstrated several pop-up structures. The class then added their own ideas to the forms.
From these beginnings, we proceeded to design a basic accordion book, a carousel book, and a tunnel book. Class participants ranged in age , interests, and backgrounds, and each brought a unique perspective to the books they produced.
Finally, a group of instructors and students took a field trip mid-week to visit one of Gatlinburg’s new attractions: The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum. This museum houses a collection of over 20,000 thematically grouped shakers. Essentially small sculptural diptychs, the salt and pepper parings ranged from fruits and vegetable shapes to sea creatures, buildings, kitchen appliances, and just about anything else you can image. And you can purchase your own salt and pepper sets in the museum gift shop. It’s definitely worth a visit.